Real Name: Hank Barlow

Identity/Class: Human (Old West Era) (circa 1876)

Occupation: Soldier, scout

Group Membership: United States 7th Cavalry

Affiliations: Gen. George Custer, Sam, Tex, another unidentified scout

Enemies: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, other unidentified Natives

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Montana, USA

First Appearance: Arizona Kid I#2 (May, 1951)

Powers/Abilities: Lt. Barlow was a 19th century soldier, scout and horse rider. He carried a pistol and knife and occasionally wielded a rifle.

Height: 6' (by approximation)
Weight: 180 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black

History: (Arizona Kid I#2/3) - Hank and his fellow three scouts were sent out by the Cavalry to locate missing horses. As they stopped to take a drink of water from a creek, the four men were surprised to discover small nuggets of gold lying in the water. Realizing that if news of their discovery went public, they would have to fend off prospectors, the four men resolved to keep the gold a secret until they were free to pan the waters themselves.

To keep the secret, the four scouts murdered prospectors who wandered on to the lands but, as they couldn't always monitor the area, they decided to hire the Natives from a nearby village to stand on watch for them. In exchange for alcohol, the Natives agreed to prevent anyone from entering the valley. 

Soon, the time for the four men's tour in the Cavalry neared its expiration. With only ten days remaining, they were reassigned to General George Custer. Deciding that they would be able to claim the gold once their ten days with Custer were done, they decided to silence the Natives so that they would be unable to tell anyone about the gold. As Barlow murdered the chief of the village, the chief placed a curse on him, saying the spirits would "not rest till your scalp hang from pole of Indian tepee!" Barlow mocked the curse but when he and the others rode to meet up with General Custer's forces at Little Bighorn, they discovered Custer was completely overwhelmed by the Native forces led by Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. All four men were killed and, as a Native warrior killed Barlow, he declared Barlow's scalp would decorate his tepee - fulfilling the curse.

Comments: Created by an unidentified writer and Marion Sitton.

The Battle of Little Bighorn occurred June 25-26, 1876.

Barlow must have narrowly missed encountering the Rawhide Kid, who was at Little Bighorn in Rawhide Kid I#60 and 91. (The Battle of Little Bighorn is also depicted in True Western I#1 and Kid Colt Outlaw I#121).

Lt. Hank Barlow is an odd duck - his one and only appearance ends with him dying but on the splash page, the story is introduced as "Lt. Hank Barlow in 'Warrior's Revenge!'" It's unusual in 1950s Marvel titles to see a character who was only intended to appear in a single story introduced like a featured character.

Profile by Prime Eternal.

Hank Barlow has no known relation to:

Tex, Sam (& an unidentified man)

Sam (far left), Tex (third from left) and another man (second from left) were the scouts who were present with Lt. Hank Barlow at the time they discovered gold in a creek near Native land. Tex and the others agreed to keep their find a secret and murdered prospectors to keep it hidden. They hired a tribe of Natives to guard the valley where the gold was located but just as they were reassigned to General George Custer, they decided to slaughter the Native village to keep them from talking about the gold. After killing the Natives, Tex and the others wound up in the Battle of Little Bighorn. Overwhelmed by the Natives, Tex, Sam and the other man were killed alongside Lt. Barlow.

--Arizona Kid I#2/3

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Arizona Kid I#2/3, p1, pan1 (Hank Barlow, main image)
Arizona Kid I#2/3, p2, pan2 (Hank Barlow, headshot)
Arizona Kid I#2/3, p4, pan6 (Hank's death)
Arizona Kid I#2/3, p3, pan6 (Tex, Sam & unidentified man)

Arizona Kid I#2/3 (May, 1951) - unknown writer, Marion Sitton (artist), Stan Lee (editor)

First posted: 04/29/2021
Last updated:04/29/2021

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